Thursday, May 31, 2007  
It is officially Thursday...
I went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie last night. I had heard it was awful, but I found it incredibly entertaining, like the first two. I fully expected to fall asleep in the middle of it, since we went to the 10:10 showing (and the movie is 3 hours long), but, to my surprise, it kept my interest the entire time. Go see it if you get a chance, but watch the first two first.

Days 'til Season Kickoff: 93

The Palm Beach Post tells about how the Sabans are more comfortable in the SEC. Oh yeah...haha...read Rich Brooks' quote at the end of the article.

The SEC coaches voted 9-3 against an early signing period. The only three coaches that voted for it were Bobby Johnson (Vandy), Rich Brooks (Kentucky), and Les Miles (LSU). Kinda seems funny that LSU's coach is up there on this with Kentucky and Vandy's coaches.

The opening TV schedule has been announced, and if you don't get tickets to the first game, you'll have to order Gameplan to see Bama vs Western Carolina, because it will not be picked up by regular television. The Vandy game just became a little less attractive for me to attend because it's an 11:30 game on Lincoln Financial, and I really don't like Nashville. The Arkansas game, on Sept. 15th, will be shown on ESPN at 5:45pm. After that, we'll have to wait and see. My guess is the Bama / Georgia game will be on CBS at 2:30. The Iron Bowl has the chance to be an 11:30 game this year, due to them moving it back a week. CBS will have a double header that day, with 11:30 and 2:30 kickoffs. CBS can choose between Florida/Florida St, Georgia/Ga Tech, Alabama/Auburn, Clemson/South Carolina, and Tennessee/Kentucky.

Here's the rest of the announced broadcasts:
Aug. 30 (Thursday) LSU at Mississippi State 7 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 1 Oklahoma State at Georgia 5:45 p.m., ESPN2
Sept. 1 Kansas State at Auburn 6:45 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 1 Tennessee at California 7 p.m., ABC
Sept. 8 South Carolina at Georgia 4:45 p.m., ESPN2
Sept. 8 South Florida at Auburn 8 p.m., ESPN2
Sept. 8 Virginia Tech at LSU 8:15 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 15 Miss. State at Auburn 11:30 a.m., Lincoln Financial
Sept. 15 Tennessee at Florida 2:30 p.m., CBS
Oct. 4 (Thursday) Kentucky at South Carolina 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Oct. 6 SEC doubleheader 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., CBS.
Nov. 23 (Friday) Ole Miss at Mississippi State 12:10 a.m., Lincoln Financial
Nov. 23 (Friday) Arkansas at LSU 1:30 p.m., CBS
Nov. 24 SEC doubleheader 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., CBS.
Dec. 1 SEC Championship game 3 p.m., CBS
The Oct. 6 doubleheader will likely feature Florida at LSU and Georgia at Tennessee, while Alabama hosts Houston.
Alabama at Auburn will almost certainly be part of the Nov. 24 doubleheader, despite Florida State at Florida, Georgia at Georgia Tech, and Clemson at South Carolina also scheduled for that day.

The first meeting between Les Miles and Coach Saban had zero fireworks. Both were cordial, but didn't really say much to each other. There was no menacing glare, so at least they're both being professional.

They'll be discussing the playoff system idea tomorrow, but the Mobile Register already lays it out for you.

More about Saban thinking the fact that allegations of recruiting violations coming from Miami was funny - here.

Away from football, we've got a shot to get Ronald Steele's little brother, Andrew Steele.

Paul Gattis gives us hope for the future while explaining what went wrong with the three major sports at UA.

SEC teams are weighing the pros and cons and trying to figure out the best way to schedule non-conference games.


Today we will start with the most memorable games from the Dennis Franchione Era. It should last about 3 weeks, considering I don't post on the weekends (at least not until football season).


THE DENNIS FRANCHIONE ERA


#15: Alabama 21 Hawaii 16 Dec 1st, 2002 in Honolulu, HI

This game was abound with rumors circling about Texas A&M courting our coach. We won the game against a pretty good opponent (remember, Hawaii went 9-3 that year) on their home field, but we still looked like we had no gameplan.

We went up 14-0 in the 2nd quarter, thanks to our bruising running game, then went up 21-3 in the fourth quarter.

Timmy Chang, Hawaii's former school-leader in passing yards, threw a 70 yard strike for a touchdown with 10:21 left, then threw another touchdown with 1:55 left to make it 21-16, but we recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

We had been put on probation and couldn't go to a bowl that year, but the game in Hawaii was about as close as it got. It was nice to get that 10th win.
 

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